Area News Digest
Taken from the news columns of area newspapers.
Five inducted into Hall of Fame during Fall Ball
COZAD—Five people were to be inducted into the Cozad Hospital Foundation Hall of Fame during Fall Ball ceremonies. The inductees included Clara Riggs, Dr. Fred and Esther Svoboda and John and Betty Zgud. Keynote speaker was Steve Siemens, well known throughout the Midwest for his community motivational speeches. The event began with a social gathering followed by a dinner at the Elk’s Club.—reported in the Tri-City Trib.
No more ‘Go Big Red’ at Tiffany Theater
BROKEN BOW—A tradition by owners of the Tiffany Theater to benefit community members will now have to stop. Stuart Fox and Andrew Solomon recently received a letter from the Big 10’s legal counsel of an order to cease and desist from showing Nebraska games. The theater owners were taken aback by the letter as the get-together has never been charged, it was just a place for Husker fans to gather and watch games. The letter stated that the conference has actively enforced its rights against similar unauthorized broadcasts of Big 10 sporting events. Questions still remain of what is legal, such as sports bars and non-profits or tailgate parties.—reported in the Custer County Chief.
Fiber network enters 2nd stage at Ogallala
OGALLALA—ALLO Communications unloaded 38,900 pounds of fiber optic spools recently to continue its multi-million dollar investment in the Ogallala area. Imperial-based ALLO Communications began the second phase of deployment of its fiber network throughout the area, providing Internet, television and phone to homes and businesses. The project also includes a redundant fiber route between Ogallala and Scottsbluff securing network reliability for residents.—reported in the Keith County News.
Changes to impact Curtis postal customers
CURTIS—The United States Postal Service recently informed the Curtis postal location that mail dropped in the outside blue box or in the inside drop slot will not be postmarked in Curtis. It will be delivered to the North Platte Customer Service Mail Processing Center for cancellation. Also, local patrons may find that the retail window is not open on select Saturdays; however, delivery of the mail will not be impacted. According to officials, when asked about the closing of smaller retail post offices or the possibility of consolidation of the North Platte distribution center with the Cheyenne, WY, processing center, comments were declined.—reported in the Frontier County Enterprise.
State-of-the-art siren to protect residents
ARNOLD—For decades, Arnold residents have depended on a tornado warning system that required electrical power and someone to punch a button manually. All that is changing as village crews recently installed a new state-of-the-art siren. The siren, which is on a 60-foot pole and rises 50-feet off the ground, has battery back-up in case of a power outage and microprocessor controls that will be activated by a signal broadcast from Custer County Emergency Management in Broken Bow. A grant provided by the CCEM allowed the village to purchase the siren at about half of the original cost.—reported in the Arnold Sentinel.
Local VFDs kept busy for three straight days
CALLAWAY—It seemed the entire region was on the verge of catching fire recently as high winds fanned flames and kept most fire departments occupied. Callaway and Oconto Volunteer Fire Fighters took care of local fires and then joined in for mutual aid to Stapleton and Arnold fighting large crop and range fires. Callaway Fire Chief Charlie Jorgenson reported on department actions that started Tuesday, Oct. 4, and culminated Thursday, Oct. 6.—reported in the Callaway Courier.